Philippines-China relations - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippines-China relations

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ASEAN states should follow Indonesia, invoke Hague ruling vs China – Carpio

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:28 PM

Retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio says raising the landmark ruling is the 'best and most effective' argument under international law to thwart China's encroachment of Southeast Asian states' waters

FLYING HIGH. Flags of ASEAN member-states and partners at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, November 10, 2017. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK: New harbor on Pag-asa Island

May 30, 2020 - 9:25 PM

The harbor, along with other new structures on the island, will make both civilian and military visits easier – a small but significant step forward in establishing Filipino presence in the West Philippine Sea

SAFE HARBOR. An aerial view of the construction of a sheltered port at Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of the Municipal Engineering Office of the Kalayaan Island Group

Fontana Chinese get coronavirus test results faster than some OFWs

May 28, 2020 - 7:51 AM

Chinese workers at the resort complex are included in a list of OFWs who’ve tested negative for COVID-19, even though their swab samples were taken later than some Filipino repatriates still waiting for their results

MIX-UP. Names of Chinese workers who tested negative for COVID-19 were inadvertently published on a list of OFWs cleared of the disease. Photo of the swabbing of the Chinese workers sourced by Rappler; screen shot of list from PCG

First time: PH Navy ship docks at Pag-asa Island

May 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM

A new port and beaching ramp near completion on the country's largest outpost in the West Philippine Sea

FIRST TIME. The Philippine Navy ship BRP Ivatan (far right) docks at Pag-asa Island for the first time on May 13, 2020. Photo from Naval Forces West

Chinese aggression, pandemic likely to delay sea code – analysts

May 15, 2020 - 9:41 PM

Still, experts agree that pursuing the code of conduct is a worthwhile investment to show that Southeast Asian nations and China can cooperate to solve disputes

SEA CODE. The long-delayed South China sea code is supposed to set guidelines to avoid conflict in the volatile waters. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

West PH Sea turning into a wasteland – analyst

May 15, 2020 - 5:19 PM

Reclaiming coral reefs, harvesting giant clams, and overfishing – mostly by China – have reduced the contested sea into a 'boneyard,' says Asia maritime expert Gregory Poling

FISHERFOLK. Children play among docked boats in a fishing village in Masinloc, Zambales. Photo by Jaen Manegdeg/Rappler

ASEAN should rally behind Hague ruling to counter Chinese intimidation, experts say

May 15, 2020 - 5:07 PM

Maritime experts say China will have no choice but to adjust if its Southeast Asian neighbors put up a united front in the strategic waterway

LEGAL VICTORY. Filipinos stage a protest outside the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands on July 12, 2016, the day the tribunal released its ruling. Photo by Jed Alegado/Rappler

Beijing continues South China Sea aggression during pandemic

May 13, 2020 - 4:07 PM

The strategic waterway is choppy as ever as China presses on its expansive claims, leaving countries to battle a pandemic and defend their territories

VOLATILE REGION. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

Little hope ASEAN can rein in China in sea dispute – analyst

May 08, 2020 - 2:35 PM

The long-delayed, highly anticipated code of conduct in the coveted waterway will unlikely restrain China’s assertive actions, says US-based Asia maritime expert Greg Poling

PAG-ASA ISLAND. This photo from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (AMTI-CSIS) shows the progress of repairs and construction on Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from AMTI-CSIS

[OPINION] China’s silent invasion

May 07, 2020 - 1:53 PM

'It remains a mystery as to why the Duterte government locks down everybody else except mainland Chinese, who tour or dock on our shores to extract our minerals, and recklessly expose our people to COVID-19'

PH protests China districts, features in West PH Sea, asserts Hague ruling

Apr 30, 2020 - 5:38 PM

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says it does not recognize names given to maritime features in the Kalayaan Island Group as well as China’s declaration the area is under the jurisdiction of Sansha City

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

Authorize mapping agency to name features in West PH Sea – Carpio

Apr 28, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio says once the country's central mapping agency can approve names for features in the Philippine waters, China's attempts rename features there will lose its bearing

SOLUTIONS. Retired Supreme Court Justice offers a way to counter China's recent naming of districts and features in the South China Sea. Rappler file photo

'Offensive,' Lorenzana says about China's laser gun aimed at PH Navy ship

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:58 PM

'Why does the Chinese Navy need to aim their target acquisition radars at our airplanes or ships?' asks Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

PHILIPPINE WARSHIP. The BRP Conrado Yap pulling into the Port of Manila in August 2019. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Lorenzana, AFP defend military chief's 'out of place' letter to Chinese envoy

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Although the military chief's letter to the Chinese envoy may have been 'out of place,' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he sees nothing wrong with it

THE CHIEFS. Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana (2nd L) and military chief General Felimon Santos Jr (R) pose with President Rodrigo Duterte and the new and outgoing Air Force chiefs during the change of command ceremony at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on January 16, 2020. Malacañang photo

'Difficult' to sue China over coronavirus pandemic, says Carpio

Apr 28, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Retired Supreme Court associate justice Antonio Carpio says while China is covered by the doctrine of sovereign immunity, its officials may be held legally liable if one can prove the spread of the coronavirus was deliberate

VIRUS. A woman wearing a hazmat suit walks along a street in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 1, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Universal Records says they are 'not involved' in 'Iisang Dagat'

Apr 28, 2020 - 1:39 PM

The label says their name was included in the caption for the song's video without their consent

'IISANG DAGAT.' Universal Records denies any involvement in the controversial song. Screenshot from Chinatown TV on YouTube

AFP chief asked Chinese envoy help to buy COVID-19 'medicine,' then recalls letter

Apr 27, 2020 - 11:35 PM

A leaked letter shows AFP chief General Felimon Santos Jr requesting Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian’s help in obtaining Carrimycin tablets, which he said he used when he was sick with COVID-19

MILITARY CHIEF. Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Felimon Santos Jr sent the Chinese ambassador a letter asking helo to obtain off-label drugs to treat COVID-19.

'Iisang Dagat': China embassy pens song of 'friendship' with PH during coronavirus crisis

Apr 25, 2020 - 10:46 AM

The song comes with a music video showcasing assistance and messages of thanks from Philippine officials, including President Rodrigo Duterte. Meanwhile, China continues to assert its claims in the West Philippine Sea.

ONE SEA? The China embassy releases a song and music video showing the Philippines and China's partnership amid the coroanvirus pandemic. Screenshot from "Iisang Dagat' music video

Carpio hits China's 'pure and simple bullying' in West Philippine Sea

Apr 24, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal also calls a Chinese warship's targetting of a Philippine Navy vessel a 'provocative and reckless escalation' of tensions in the West Philippine Sea

BRP CONRADO YAP. Spectators raise their flags during the arrival of the BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) at Pier 13 in Manila in August 2019. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Pompeo urges ASEAN to call out Beijing's moves in South China Sea during pandemic

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:59 PM

'The U.S. strongly opposes China’s bullying and we hope other nations will hold them to account too,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

Chinese warship targeted Philippine Navy vessel in West PH Sea – AFP

Apr 23, 2020 - 12:52 PM

The hostile act is a clear violation of international law and Philippine sovereignty, says the AFP Western Command based in Palawan

BRP CONRADO YAP. Spectators raise their flags during the arrival of the BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) at Pier 13 in Manila in August 2019. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

'China owes us over P200 billion in West Philippine Sea damage' – Hontiveros

Apr 22, 2020 - 8:43 PM

Some P200 billion in West Philippine Sea damage, plus the P50-billion unpaid tax liabilities of POGOs, may be used to foot the Philippines' coronavirus bill, says Senator Risa Hontiveros

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

PH protests China’s aggressive moves in South China Sea during pandemic

Apr 22, 2020 - 8:11 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says 2 diplomatic protests are filed over the pointing of a radar gun at a Philippine Navy ship and the declaration the Spratlys was part of Chinese territory

PAG-ASA ISLAND. An aerial view of the Philippines' largest outpost in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from the Center for Strategic and International Studies/Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

Del Rosario urges Duterte gov't: Protest new Chinese districts in South China Sea

Apr 20, 2020 - 5:05 PM

'As we struggle against a pandemic that poses a real threat to our lives, we must not also risk losing our national patrimony,' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

TENSION. Here is a file image of the Spratly and Paracel island groups in the South China Sea. File photo from Google earth

Duterte thanks Xi again during coronavirus briefing

Apr 14, 2020 - 4:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also dismisses theories the coronavirus was 'invented' in China

THANKING CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with some members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases on April 13, 2020. Malacañang photo

Pandemic not affecting China's strategy in West PH Sea – U.S. analyst

Apr 14, 2020 - 12:50 PM

Expanding control over the strategic waterway is so much a part of Beijing's regular policy that the coronavirus pandemic does not appear to have hampered or boosted it, says Asia maritime expert Greg Poling

DAMAGED BOAT. A fisherman walks on the shore near the fishing boat Gem-Ver on the coast of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro in June 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH raises 'trust' issues with China after it sank Vietnam ship in South China Sea

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:20 PM

The Philippines expresses solidarity with Vietnam, nearly a year after Vietnamese fishermen rescued Filipinos sunk and abandoned by a Chinese ship in Recto Bank

TENSION AT SEA. The China Coastguard Ship 4301 involved in the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat. Photo from Weibo

12 Chinese experts tapped to aid PH coronavirus response

Apr 02, 2020 - 10:02 PM

(UPDATED) The Chinese embassy in the Philippines on Thursday, April 2, says the team of doctors and public health experts is expected to arrive in the Philippines 'this weekend'

CORONAVIRUS IN CHINA. A park employee, seen wearing goggles and face mask, walks in a park in Beijing on March 14, 2020. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Satellite image shows Chinese military plane on Kagitingan Reef

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The routine presence of Chinese military assets shows Beijing's continuing dominance in the West Philippine Sea

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

PH seeks help of Chinese experts to aid coronavirus response

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:41 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese doctors and public health experts will form part of an advisory group expected to share insights on addressing the novel coronavirus outbreak

FRONTLINE. In this photo, medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against the deadly novel coronavirus as they work at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Guangzhou donates masks, thermometers to sister city Manila

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:10 PM

Mayor Isko Moreno personally receives 200,000 N95 masks, 100,000 surgical masks, and 2,000 infrared thermometers for Manila's frontliners

GIFTS. Boxes of masks and thermal scanners donated by Guangzhou municipal government of China to Manila are stacked at the Manila City hall on March 25, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Aileen San Pablo Baviera: Revolutionary at heart, more than a China watcher

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:12 PM

Unknown to many, Aileen was also involved in the Philippine Left's revolutionary struggle

China opens new research outposts in the West Philippine Sea

Mar 23, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The new research centers are on Zamora and Kagitingan reefs, which China has turned into military bases

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

Aileen Baviera, 60: Her eyes were on China, her heart stayed with PH

Mar 21, 2020 - 3:30 PM

‘If one has to take a side, one must take the side of the Filipino people,’ says China expert Aileen Baviera, who died due to the novel coronavirus at age 60

COUNTRY'S LOSS. The late Aileen Baviera is one of the Philippines' leading experts on China. Screenshot from Yale University video

Aileen Baviera on her 40 years of China-watching

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:45 AM

In this 2019 essay, the China expert who died on Saturday, March 21, gives 'unsolicited advice' to young China watchers in the Philippines

BE CLEAR. UP Professor and China expert Aileen Baviera says the Philippines should be clear with what its want out of the relationship with China. Photo by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

China to donate more coronavirus testing kits, protective equipment to PH

Mar 18, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says China has pledged to donate 100,000 testing kits, 10,000 N95 masks, 10,000 personal protective equipment sets, and 100,000 surgical masks

PROTECTIVE GEAR. The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office demonstrates to barangay first responders how to use personal protective equipment on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

We need leadership, sanity during crisis

Mar 12, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Enough of mediocrity

PH hits China, Malaysia claims in West Philippine Sea

Mar 12, 2020 - 7:54 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs quietly files diplomatic notes at the United Nations asserting its claims in the West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINE WATERS. A Philippine flag is flown on a boat off the waters near the coast of Occidental Mindoro in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lorenzana denies Chinese vessels hampered Pag-asa Island construction

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:24 PM

'Although there are always Chinese ships in the vicinity of Pag-asa, they have never in any way interfered with the rehabilitation of the island,' says the defense chief

PAG-ASA ISLAND. This satellite image from June 2019 shows construction work on Pag-asa Island, the Philippines' main outpost in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from AMTI-CSIS

LOOK: Despite swarm of Chinese boats, PH building up Pag-asa Island

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:31 PM

Satellite photos from a US-based think tank show progress in runway repairs and beaching ramp construction even as Chinese militia vessels surround the Philippines’ main outpost in the West Philippine Sea

PROGRESS. THIS photo from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (AMTI-CSIS) shows the progress of repairs and construction on Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from AMTI-CSIS

Chinese vessels likely to stay near Pag-asa Island, says Esperon

Mar 03, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Since China has already turned Zamora Reef into a military base, it will likely keep deploying boats – believed to be militias – just 'to deny us some space,' says the Philippines' national security adviser

ZAMORA REEF. This satellite image shows Zamora (Subi) Reef, which China has reclaimed and built into a military base. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

Over 100 Chinese vessels seen near Pag-asa Island in West PH Sea – AFP

Mar 02, 2020 - 1:23 PM

Although appearing to be fishing boats, these vessels could be part of a paramilitary force of the Chinese government

PAG-ASA ISLAND. Internationally known as Thitu Island, Pag-asa is the Philippines' largest and only civilian-inhabited island in the Kalayaan Island Group in the West Philippine Sea. File photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Choose U.S. or China? Carpio offers 3rd way

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:06 PM

Terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement will make the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement useless, says retired justice Antonio Carpio

Terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement will make the MDT hollow and EDCA useless, says former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio  Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

The Chinese among us

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:00 AM

They can be crime suspects, victims, or complicit Filipinos

[ANALYSIS] China's creeping influence in PH telco, electricity, water

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:30 AM

China’s creeping influence and encroachment in our vital infrastructure shows we ought to be extra careful especially where the nation’s security is at stake

Duterte writes Xi 'letter of solidarity' amid novel coronavirus epidemic

Feb 17, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian thanks Filipinos for sending support to combat the outbreak 'despite their own difficulties'

CHINESE ENVOY. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian during Lunar New Year celebrations in Quezon City on January 26, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Filipinos repatriated from China back home on February 8

Feb 05, 2020 - 12:47 PM

The initial batch will be brought straight from the Clark Airport in Pampanga to Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine

AIRPORT WATCH. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Sotto shows video on coronavirus conspiracy theory at Senate hearing

Feb 04, 2020 - 4:34 PM

'Meron tayong kasabihan eh. If you want to defeat an enemy, know the enemy. Ano ba itong virus na ito?' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III before showing the video that does not cite any official information or sources

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. Senate President Vicente Sotto III at the senate public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness on the 2019 novel coronavirus on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

As coronavirus spreads, Duterte hits 'xenophobia' vs Chinese

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:25 PM

'Stop this xenophobia thing,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he rejects calls to bar all Chinese from entering the Philippines amid the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates travel restrictions against non-Filipinos coming to the country directly from China, Hong Kong, and Macau as the novel coronavirus spreads. Malacañang photo

Philippines to reject transit passengers from China, Hong Kong too

Feb 03, 2020 - 2:40 PM

'We implement the directive to the letter. What we are looking at is not the nationality, but where they came from,' says Bureau of Immigration Spokesperson Dana Sandoval

Passengers wear face masks at Hong Kong's international airport on January 22, 2020, after China recently confirmed human-to-human transmission in the outbreak of the new SARS-like virus. - A new virus that has killed nine people, infected hundreds and already reached the United States could mutate and spread, China warned Wednesday, as authorities scrambled to contain the disease during the Lunar New Year travel season. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)